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First Caribbean Waste-to-Energy (WtE) Technology Expo and Conference

How Chicago Turns
Sewage Into Power

Chicago’s wastewater authority plans to slash
its energy bill by using bacteria to convert
sewage into natural gas. There are a lot of
things in the 1.2 billion gallons that pour through
the world’s largest water-treatment plant every
day: grime swept off Chicago sidewalks, sewage
scoured from thousands of miles of pipes—and
enough energy to cut an annual $50 million
electricity bill to zero by 2023.




Resilience Building in Island States

The ability of small island states to become less vulnerable and more capable to respond and recover from the disruptions and
destruction associated with increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, including more ferocious and frequent hydro-meteorological
events, severe impacts from sea-level rise, and increasing ocean temperature and acidity, by development and efficient use of the
natural resource endowment. The ability to respond and recover is linked to national capacity which determines the ability to extract
and efficiently utilize energy, food and water from the natural resource base.

“Energy Services from Waste: The Development of a Regional Integrated Organic Waste Management Sector”

In parallel with the Conference:  “Power from Waste: The Development of a Regional Integrated Organic Waste Management Sector”, the Technology Expo will showcase technologies that are likely to play major role in addressing the growing waste management challenges faced by small island developing states in the Caribbean, with the potential to be deployed in the waste-to-energy projects currently under preparation in the region. The Caribbean region currently has a USD 2 billion indicative project pipeline with RE&EEC projects, including a number of waste to energy projects at various stages of development. The Expo and Conference will be opened by the Prime Minister of Grenada and Ministers from the region, as well as top level waste-to-energy decision makers from approximately 15 Caribbean nations.


Tech Expo Exhibitors

Solena GroupSolena Group < >
A bioenergy platform company utilizing proprietary technology to produce energy with zero emissions.
Robert T. Do, MS, MD,

Solena’s advanced plasma technology uses all biomass including woods, shrubs, grasses and other agricultural products as well as municipal and industrial waste. Biomass as a fuel source offers businesses, industries, utilities and municipalities around the world with an extraordinary opportunity to produce and use renewable energy economically and efficiently, without any CO2 emissions. Taking its bio-energy concept to an integrated solutions approach, Solena Group uses high temperature plasma gasification technology to convert inexpensive and plentiful resources, such as household and industrial waste, into a synthetic gas which will subsequently be converted into sustainable jet and/or diesel fuel using third party equipment. Solena recognizes the expansion and vast global potential of biorefineries using waste as feedstock as a substitute for incineration plants and/or landfilling.

Dr. Robert T. Do., M.S., M.D. President and CEO Dr. Do is the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Solena Fuels Corporation, a sustainable energy company developing proprietary Integrated Biomass-Gas to Liquid (“IBGTL”) facilities around the world. Dr. Do is the author and inventor of the company’s proprietary technology. While running his own general physician practice in the early 1990s, Dr. Do researched the journey medical waste took, once leaving his office. He learned that the high-temperature gasification industry had to date been focused on destroying waste while relying on tipping fees for its income. Dr. Do sold his practice and set out to develop a hightemperature gasification system designed for efficient energy extraction/recovery while also destroying the waste. Solena was effectively born, patents were awarded and several industry trends have converged resulting in Solena Fuels Corporation having a market leading position in the drop-in, sustainable fuels markets. Dr. Do is responsible for the overall strategy and technology offering of the Company. Dr. Do has graduate degrees in Physics and Medicine from Georgetown University. Dr. Do has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, environmental scientist and in executive management positions Dr. Do has been advocating the uses of bioenergy for the reduction of greenhouse gases to combat climate changes and has been lecturing extensively in the US, Europe, and worldwide on the importance of alternative renewable energy. Dr. Do is a Co-Chair for the Transportation Initiative of the American Council on Renewable Energy, a member of the AMA, a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiner, a member of the National Sciences Council for Science and the Environment and a member of the Nationals Who’s Who of Registered Executives and Professionals. He is also founder of the Green Cup, a non-profit charity polo event held annually in DC for the benefit of the environment.


CaribShare BioGasCaribShare Bio Gas < >
Your Organic Waste Pays You More
Carol Lue,

CaribShare Biogas is a social enterprise focused on producing clean energy from organic waste in a manner that truly reduces poverty and promotes rural development in the Caribbean. CaribShare is also one of the 8 proud winners of the 2012 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank.

By developing and operating centralized biodigesters, CaribShare collects and converts tremendous quantities of food waste from hotels and animal manure from small livestock farms to produce biogas and organic fertilizer.

Their “Waste to Energy” program sells biogas to businesses so they can self-generate energy at a significantly lower cost than purchasing from the grid.

Their “Waste to Fertilizer” program provides fertilizer at a highly discounted rate to help farmers lower their production cost and to promote organic farming.

Given the prevalence of the hotel and farming sectors in the Caribbean, their business model has strong growth potential for the region with tangible social returns. Their “Waste to Cash” program shares up to 50% of their surplus revenues with participating farmers as meaningful income to help support their livelihoods and the vitality of their communities.

In collaboration with Ch4 Biogas in Ottawa, Canada, their pilot plant is currently being developed in Montego Bay, Jamaica with operations set to start in March 2016.

Carol Lue, Founder and Executive Director

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Carol holds a MBA degree from Brandeis International Business School and a MS degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Toronto. After working in business and sustainability for over 13 years in North America, Carol returned home to Jamaica to fulfil her passion of developing a social enterprise that would both build climate resilience and strengthen rural livelihoods. Having contributed to developing Jamaica’s carbon trading policy, she is also looking to integrate carbon trading into the development of renewable energy projects and other climate change solutions in the Caribbean.


bekon-logo2BEKON |
Innovative Biogas Technology For A Better Future
Ralf Sigrist,

Fifty percent (50%) of all global waste comes from organic origins and has led to significant harmful emissions. The innovative BEKON dry fermentation is a revolutionary technology at the interface of waste management and energy generation (“waste to energy”). By generating methane, electricity, thermal energy and organic fertilizer from organic waste the carbon emissions from uncontrolled landfills can be largely avoided. The result is a signification reduction in otherwise required landfill space or incineration capacity which provides clear economic and ecological advantages. The robust and simple technology even allows for the treatment of the organic fraction from unsegregated household waste. It offers a high gas yield and gas quality combined with simple operation at low operating cost respecting the highest safety and emissions standards. Currently 21 plants with more than one million operating hours are in operation for several years. The company is headquartered outside of Munich where the company’s first plant ever processes 35% of the organic waste of the city of Munich and is successfully operated by the municipal Waste Management Department for 10 years.

Ralf Sigrist (CEO)

BEKON Holding AG, Munich-Unterföhring, Germany

Ralf Sigrist was appointed CEO of BEKON Holding AG in August 2015 to grow and expand the company’s footprint beyond its core markets Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Prior to this he advised several clients in the renewable sector in North America and Europe. From 2008 through 2014 he was the CEO Americas of Nordex, a wind turbine manufacturer, and grew this company within 3 years from scratch to $ 274 mn in revenues within the US, Uruguay and Chile including project development activities and the set-up of a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. Within 6 years Nordex installed almost 1 GW of wind turbines in these markets. From 2001 through 2008 Ralf was the General Counsel of Nordex SE at its headquarters in Hamburg/Germany, where he headed the Group Legal and HR Departments during the internationalization and a major growth of the company to € 1.2 bn in revenues. Between 1999 and 2001 he was Senior Legal In-House Counsel at Babcock Borsig AG, a German industry conglomerate with € 5 bn in revenues, involved in several large M&A transactions in the conventional power and infrastructure technology sector. He holds law degrees of the Universities of Munich/Germany and Aix-Marseille/France, is married and has two children.


okobit logoOekobit-Biogas < >
The Biogas Experts
Montserrat Lluch Cuevas

As a major manufacturer and planner of biogas plants with over 175 national and international projects, ÖKOBIT is one of the most sought-after full-service suppliers within the biogas industry. We develop and build technically intelligent, substrate-flexible biogas and biomethane plants which perfectly correspond to the specific local conditions of our clients.

ÖKOBIT is an owner-operated company with a solid capital base and an exceptionally wide range of services and expertise. Our biogas expert team of experienced engineers, business experts, as well as energy and environmental engineers works with full commitment on the implementation of environmentally compatible biogas concepts operating on the highest level of economic efficiency.

ÖKOBIT relies on established and exceptionally flexible technology concepts and ensures their effective and safe implementation. As a general contractor, in addition to expert advice and profitability calculations, we take on all tasks from planning and approval to turnkey plant construction.

Montserrat Lluch Cuevas is an International Project Manager at ÖKOBIT GmbH.


logo_prmPRM Energy Systems < >
The Worldwide Leader in Biomass Gasification Technology
Ron Bailey, Jr.

PRM Energy Systems, Inc. is the developer and owner of the PRME KC-Reactor Gasification Technology. PRME has gasified more biomass than all other gasification technologies combined. Our systems are successfully operating in high demand industrial applications on five continents converting over 8.5 million tons of biomass and other waste fuels to clean energy. We have systems that have been operating around the clock for over 32 years. The PRME Technology converts solid fuels to combustible gases that are used like natural gas to fire boilers, dryers, kilns, furnaces, thermal oxidizers and IC engines. PRME Gasification Systems are available in a wide range of sizes to gasify from 30 to 2,000 tons per day.

Ron Bailey, Jr., MBA, CPA

As with most entrepreneurs, Ron wears many hats and spends most of his time traveling and with customers, project developers, contractors and partners. Ron’s primary responsibilities are business development, finance and operations; but can often be found at the controls of a new plant where he enjoys the excitement of startups.

Ron’s background includes manufacturing, construction, commodities trading/warehousing, finance/accounting and combat engineering. Fortunately, all of these experiences have been relevant in his 28 years in the renewable energy industry, particularly the combat engineering.


Viking HeatViking Heat Engines < >
Dirk Nuber, CEO
Dirk Nuber

Viking Heat Engines Caribbean is a Barbados based subsidiary of Viking Heat Engines in Norway who developed the CraftEngine, a unique Organic Rankine Cycle Engine that produces power from low temperature energy sources. This engine successfully unlocks the potential of small scale renewable energy sources such as small scale waste to energy, shallow geothermal, waste heat from diesel engines and concentrated PV.  The main objective of Viking Heat Engines Caribbean is to implement projects based on the CraftEngine technology and sell power at lower then market price.  

As CEO of Viking Heat Engines Caribbean Dr Dirk Nuber provides the relevant set of skills; he has 10 years of energy business experience in the Caribbean and 10 years of engineering experience in Germany. Dr Nuber also has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, holds several patents in direct reduction technologies, and has an Executive MBA focused on Entrepreneurship.


geGE Distributed Power

GE Power’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on generating power at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 100 kW to 10 MW of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 35,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics – anywhere and anytime. Backed by our authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

THOMAS JAUD, Sales Director Central America, Caribbean, Venezuela & Colombia

Thomas Jaud started his career with Jenbacher gas engines in 1988 and Mr. Jaud brings 28 years of experience in renewable energy and CHP applications ranging from large plants (~50MW) to small distributed generation (<500kW).

Mr. Jaud introduction to distributed power applications was in services and operations for GE Jenbacher in Europe, subsequently he spent 10 years working on international assignments in Asia, Australia, and the US for startup & commissioning, project management, and testing of power plants. In 1998 and after his time on international assignments, he moved to the US to build a comprehensive services team as part of the GE Jenbacher subsidiary in the US. He then held various leadership positions on the commercial and sales side of distributed power within the Americas. As part of these assignments he also led the commercial and sales integration of the acquired Waukesha gas engines business.

Today Mr. Jaud is the Commercial Sales Director for CAC, Venezuela, and Colombia leading business development as well commercial sales in the region.


Move In (Sunday, 17 January – Tuesday, 19 January)

  • Sunday, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Monday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 6 PM (Exhibitor/Organisers meeting from 5 – 6PM)

Expo Hours (Wednesday, 20 January – Saturday, 23 January)

  • Wednesday, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Move Out (Saturday, 23 January – Sunday, 24 January)

  • Saturday, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Exhibitor rules exist to ensure that all exhibitors are given an equal opportunity to present their products and/or services to the Conference participants and Grenadian audience in an effective manner. Exhibit space is made available by the organisers for the exclusive purpose of imparting useful information to the professional conference attendees about the available products and services in the waste-to-energy sector.

The following Booth Design Rules have been developed to assist in effectively administering the Technology Expo and to promote continuity in expo design and setup for displays at future WtE Technology Expos and Conferences. All Exhibitors are considered equal regardless of size and are given equal opportunity, within reason, to present their product and/or service in the most effective manner to the audience. The organisers have adopted the following booth dimension rules and regulations from the International Association for Exposition Management in an effort to make this possible while still allowing the greatest flexibility in the overall exhibit.


Grenada will be celebrating its 42nd Anniversary of Independence, on 7 and 8 February 2016 – official celebrations begin the week after the Expo and Conference. During the week of the conference (17-23 January), the country will be in high celebration. The organisers will be partnering with the Government of Grenada to jointly decorate the Trade Centre in the Grenada colours – red, green and yellow. These colours will constitute the basic Expo and Conference colours.

Booths in the exhibit hall will have 8 ft. high draping and 3 ft. high side drapes in the official expo colours. The drape colour cannot be altered.

Expo colours extend to the planned “Meet and Greet” at the Maurice Bishop International Airport, where tables will be set up to meet and greet conference participants and designated special guests of the Government participating in Independence celebration activities, and who will be arriving on the island during the period 17-20 January 2016.


The Government of Grenada has agreed to provide waivers on import duties and taxes for equipment, materials and goods, for Exhibitors participating in the Technology Expo. The SIDS DOCK Diplomatic Liaison and the Ministry will facilitate the granting of waivers.

Exhibitors are to submit a list of equipment, materials and goods, including the sum of the value of the imported goods and the cost of shipping and insurance. This information is necessary for pass on to the Customs and Excise Division in Grenada.


All booths are 10’x10’ unless otherwise noted. Each booth includes:

  • Standard 8’ high back wall drape and 3’ high sidewall drapes;
  • A standard (7’x44”) two line identification sign bearing exhibitor’s company name, and booth number;
  • General overhead illumination;
  • 24-hour guard service in the Exposition area;
  • Copies of the Conference programme;
  • Dividers may be removed when one exhibitor requires two or more connecting booths. Except as requested, exhibit space does not include any carpeting or furnishings in the booth space. Request for equipment, carpeting, furnishings, and other services must be requested from the organisers prior to the Expo;
  • Exhibit description and booth number in the Conference programme and on the Conference website;
  • Exhibitor badges;
  • Booths must be staffed at all times. All activities in support of each exhibit must be confined within the exhibitor’s space.

Any exceptions or alterations to the restrictions and boundaries described herein must meet with the approval of the organisers and must be submitted in writing prior to booth set up.


  • Annex Ceiling Height: 00’0” to 00′ feet.
  • Exhibit Hall Columns: Annex has 00 0 X 0 feet columns.
  • Electrical Information: All hookups to building electrical service must be made or approved by the Trade Centre’s Electrician.

Annex Entrances

The main entrance into the Annex is from the Car Park (Northern Side of the building); the Southern Side (near to the main entrance of the Centre) and at the side of the Annex.

Standard Booth: In-line booth (one or more standard booths in a straight line) offers 10’ of aisle frontage. Displays may not exceed 8’ in height. No sidewall panel in excess of 4’ shall project farther than one half the distance from the main back wall, and no equipment of abnormal height (greater than 4’) shall be allowed along the front half of the booth. There shall be no obstruction in the aisles.

Premium Booth: Any booth located on the corner of an aisle is considered to be a premium booth. Premium booths offer double the amount of aisle frontage. Standard Booth rules apply to this type of booth. WIPO will determine which exhibitor receives a premium booth.

Non-Interference with Other Exhibitors: Displays should not be placed in such a manner as to interfere with other exhibitors, (e.g. a cabinet or table higher than 4’ placed in the front corner of the booth). There shall be no obstruction in the aisles. No exhibit material may extend beyond the boundaries of the exhibit space or exceed the height restrictions for that type of booth.

Promotional Items/Souvenirs on the Expo Floor: Distribution of promotional items and souvenirs shall be confined to the exhibitor’s booth. Please advise the organisers as to the nature of the item to assure its appropriateness.

Food and Beverage Policy on the Expo Floor: Exhibitors are allowed to serve food and beverage from their booths, so long as it is their company product. The serving of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on the show floor.

Insurance: Exhibitors shall carry adequate liability insurance protecting against all risks that may occur by reason of wrongful or negligent acts or omissions hereunder. A Certificate of Insurance must be provided to the organisers by the exhibitor indicating such coverage. The organisers shall be listed as additional insureds on all such policies.

Storage: No storage of any kind is permitted inside the Expo area, behind the back drapes, or beyond the display wall. All cartons, crates, containers, packing materials, etc., that are necessary for repacking must be labeled with “EMPTY” stickers and removed from the floor. All unwanted containers and refuse should be placed in the aisle directly in front of the exhibit space for housekeeping removal.

Security: Each exhibitor is responsible for safeguarding his or her goods, materials, equipment, and exhibit at all times. General watch guard service will be provided by the organisers on a 24-hour basis beginning with set-up.

Booth Housekeeping: The exhibit floor will be cleaned daily. Exhibitors must not discard any refuse or any other materials that will endanger public safety or cause inconvenience to other exhibitors or attendees during exhibit hours. Booths must be in order before opening hour. Exhibitors shall not injure, mar, mark, paint, or in any manner deface the hall; or use nails, hooks, pins, screws, or tape of any kind, on the building or otherwise in connection with his/her exhibit.

Music/Photography/Video Recording: In general, exhibitors may use sound equipment in their booths so long as the noise level does not disrupt the activities of neighbouring exhibitors. Speakers and other sound devices should be positioned so as to direct sound into the booth rather than into the aisle. Rule of thumb: Sound and noise should not exceed 85 decibels.

No exhibit, performance, or event presented at the Technology Expo shall be photographed, videotaped, broadcast, or recorded for commercial use, sale, or distribution of any kind without the express written consent of the organisers. Only after receiving permission from the exhibitor may members of the working press take close-up shots of an exhibit, product display, or exhibitor representative. Press may take overall or general views of the exhibits without restriction.

Smoking: No smoking or use of tobacco products is permitted in the Trade Centre at any time.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: In 2014, Grenada became a Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. All exhibiting companies are required to be in compliance with the Convention and are encouraged to be sensitive, and as reasonably accommodating as possible, to attendees with disabilities.

Structural Integrity: Exhibitors should ensure that any company display fixtures such as tables, racks or shelves are designed and installed properly to support the product or marketing materials to be displayed upon them.

Flammable and Toxic Materials: All materials used in display decorating should be made of fire retardant materials and be certified as flame retardant. Materials that cannot be treated to meet the requirements should not be used.

Exhibitors should dispose of any waste products they generate during the exhibition in accordance with guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and the Trade Centre.

Electrical: Every exhibit facility has different electrical requirements; however, minimum guidelines are suggested. Electricity is 110 volts (Two prong flat plug)

  • All 110-volt wiring should be grounded three-wire.
  • Wiring that touches the floor should be “SO” cord (minimum 14-gauge/three-wire) flat cord, which is insulated to qualify for “extra hard usage”.
  • Cord wiring above floor level can be “SJ” which is rated for “hard usage”.
  • Using zip cords, two-wire cords, latex cords, plastic cord, lamp cord, open clip sockets, and two-wire clamp-on fixtures and cube taps is prohibited.
  • Power strips (multi-plug connectors) should be UL approved, with built-in over-load protectors.

Lighting: Exhibitors should adhere to the following suggested minimum guidelines when determining booth lighting:

  • No lighting, fixtures, lighting trusses or overhead lighting are allowed outside the boundaries of the exhibit space. Exhibitors intending to use hanging light systems should submit drawings to the organisers for approval.
  • Lighting should be directed to the inner confines of the booth space. Lighting should not project onto other exhibits or show aisles.
  • Lighting which is potentially harmful, such as lasers or ultraviolet lighting is prohibited.
  • Lighting that spins, rotates, pulsates and other specialized lighting effects should be in good taste and not interfere with neighbouring exhibitors or otherwise detract from the general atmosphere of the event.


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO):

Joe Bradley
Deputy Director, External Relations Division
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

In Grenada and the Caribbean:

Ms. Annmarie Marecheau
SIDS DOCK Grenada Diplomatic Liaison
C/O Ministry of Finance & Energy, Ministry of Economic Development, Planning, Trade & International Business
Telephone: (473) 457-6882


David A. Neves Duncan
Chief Information Officer, SIDS DOCK Island Life Information Network (ILIN)
Telephone: (404) 275-1356

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